Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Day 15: Choose Joy …

Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day. Joy is what makes life worth living, but for many joy seems hard to find. They complain that their lives are sorrowful and depressing. What then brings the joy we so much desire? Are some people just… Continue reading Advent Day 15: Choose Joy …

Quotes

From Acorn Into Oak Tree …

If you took a blue spruce tree and planted it in the desert, it would obviously perish. How do we forget that we too are living systems, and each of us have unique environments, needs, and conditions within which we flourish or wither?— Dawna Markova from I Will Not Die an Unlived Life   You… Continue reading From Acorn Into Oak Tree …

Poems, Quotes

House Of Light …

Ten times a day something happens to me like this – some strengthening throb of amazement – some good sweet empathic ping and swell. This is the first, the wildest and the wisest thing I know: that the soul exists and is built entirely out of attentiveness. ― Mary Oliver   Still, what I want… Continue reading House Of Light …

Quotes

To Enter the Song (The Real Challenge in Creativity) …

I believe that we learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. In each, it is the performance of a dedicated precise set of acts, physical or intellectual, from which comes shape of achievement, a sense of… Continue reading To Enter the Song (The Real Challenge in Creativity) …

Poems, Prayers, Quotes

Hope Nonetheless …

Hoping against hope, he believed. —Romans 4:18 Hope nonetheless. Hope despite. Hope regardless. Hope still. Hope where we had ceased to hope. Hope amid what threatens hope. Hope with those who feed our hope. Hope beyond what we had hoped. Hope that draws us past our limits. Hope that defies expectations. Hope that questions what… Continue reading Hope Nonetheless …

Quotes

Joy Comes To Us In Ordinary Moments …

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure that you are. Let me learn from you, love you, savor you, bless you, before you depart.Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not be always so.One day I… Continue reading Joy Comes To Us In Ordinary Moments …

Quotes

Maybe The Desire To Make Something Beautiful Is The Piece Of God That Is Inside Each Of Us …

All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well ... — Saint Julian of Norwich from Revelations of Divine Love   Maybe our world will grow kinder eventually. Maybe the desire to make something beautiful is the piece of God that is inside each of us. Now… Continue reading Maybe The Desire To Make Something Beautiful Is The Piece Of God That Is Inside Each Of Us …

Poems, Quotes

Living Under The Blessing …

The great spiritual call of the Beloved Children of God is to pull their brokenness away from the shadow of the curse and put it under the light of the blessing. This is not as easy as it sounds. The power of the darkness around us is strong, and our world finds it easier to… Continue reading Living Under The Blessing …

Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Meditation: Take Refuge In Silence …

You have traveled too fast over false ground; Now your soul has come to take you back. Take refuge in your senses, open up To all the small miracles you rushed through. —John O'Donohue from To Bless the Space Between Us   Be Still The ancient psalmist plucked his strings and sang a sentence sprung from… Continue reading Advent Meditation: Take Refuge In Silence …